FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Federal survey indicates hefty DNA test backlog

April 01, 2000  | 

WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Justice recently announced findings of the first federal survey of publicly operated forensic crime labs that reveal, as of Dec. 31, 1997, at least 6,800 unprocessed DNA cases and as many as 287,000 unprocessed convicted offender DNA samples. That translates to 69 percent out of 108 laboratories surveyed in 1998 with a backlog of cases.

As of June 1998, states are required to collect DNA samples from specified convicted offenders, especially sex offenders and other violent felons.

In response to a growing backlog of these cases, a congressional fiscal year 2000 appropriation is now being directed at providing $15 million to deal with the problem and another $15 million for the Crime Laboratory Improvement Program.

For more information, call (800) 732-3277 or for more information, visit

Request more info about this product / service / company

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Daniel Defense Releases DD5V1 7.62 Rifle
Daniel Defense—engineer and manufacturer of firearms, precision rail systems, and...
Video: Colorado Sheriffs Challenging State Gun Laws
A group of sheriffs from different Colorado counties are moving forward with their fight...
MasterPiece Arms Reveals New MPA BA SF Chassis – Side Folder
MasterPiece Arms (MPA) has announced the availability of its new MPA BA SF Chassis – Side...
Video: TASER Videos Slowed Down to 28,500 Frames Per Second
The Slow Mo Guys came to TASER HQ this summer to record the TASER X26P Smart Weapon in...
Bergara Completes Custom Build Rifle for Cobb County S.W.A.T.
Bergara USA, a division of BPI Outdoors, announced today that it has completed its custom...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine